Valkryies Win BC Provincial Title

Excerpt from BCRU:

Abbotsford, BC – May 5, 2018:  Under a blistering sun and cloudless skies, hundreds of rugby players and fans descend on Abbotsford’s Exhibition Park for the 2018 BC Rugby Club Finals. A total of nine Senior Division titles were decided in an action-packed 8hrs, with teams from 11 clubs from Island to Interior battling it out on the fields.  The culmination of a long season of competition, for some teams in excess of 20 matches in the making, the victories were celebrated with jubilant screams that hinted at just how much these titles mean to both players and clubs.

The final of the Women’s Premier League, was a very exciting encounter between defending champions Westshore RFC and Burnaby Lake RFC.  The gathered crowds were well entertained as they watched some of the best female rugby players in the Province.  When the final whistle blew, it was Westshore who were victorious, defending their title and cementing themselves as the current benchmark for women’s rugby in BC.  Westshore RFC and Canadian Women’s National Team player Paige Farries was full of praise for her opponents, saying “they came out flying and it took us a while to adapt, it was a real grinder.  Every time we play them it’s different, they adapt so well”.  Reflecting on what the win meant, Farries responded “To defend this title is massive for this club.  At Westshore, we’re trying to build a really high-level women’s environment and this goes a great way to further that.  This match really felt like a phenomenal advert for Women’s Rugby.” 

This marks back to back Premier provincial titles for the Westshore Valkyries, both where Shannon Houston and Barbara Mervin were at the helm.




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